The Greater Lima Region is poised for an exciting future: New businesses are choosing to invest by opening their doors here; our downtowns are seeing a resurgence of activity; anchor institutions continue to grow and thrive; and our educational institutions are partnering with industry to train the workforce of the future.
If we truly take advantage of the momentum we have during this transformational period, we have the potential to position our region as a best place to live, work and build for generations to come.
In order to do this, we need everyone pulling in the same direction, though — aligning capital investments, focused community development plans, targeted workforce training, new business recruitment and existing employer retention.
This is why we at Mercy Health signed on as a leader of Greater Lima Region, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation that will serve as a regional economic development, workforce development and marketing organization.
I believe we can make a difference by working together with other committed civic-minded organizations whose goal is to strengthen our already wonderful communities.
St. Rita’s has played an important role in this region for a very long time — in fact, we are celebrating our 100th anniversary this year! We are the largest private-sector employer in the region and, based on a recent study by the University of Cincinnati, St. Rita’s Medical Center and the 39 other Mercy Health points of care located in the Greater Lima Region contributed more than $558 million in economic impact to Allen county alone! Members of our workforce live and raise their families in each and every community that is the Greater Lima Region. As a mission-driven organization, we are committed to caring for the communities we serve and are proud to be such a big part of their successes.
In order for Mercy Health to continue to thrive and grow, we need to ensure that our region can recruit and retain the amazing talent our friends and neighbors expect from us. Our community must continue to not only be attractive for newcomers but be enticing for our homegrown talent to stay. Whether it’s new physicians, pharmacists, nurses, medical assistants or countless other professionals, we must ensure the Greater Lima Region is prepared to impress our next generation of the workforce.
We are honored to be a part of so many lives in this 10-county region, and we believe our commitment to Greater Lima Region, Inc., will ensure our communities are poised for a truly transformational future. I ask that you join me and the other key stakeholders to advance Greater Lima Region, Inc.
Dale Gisi is president of Mercy Health-St. Rita’s. This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News.
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